One of my favorite things to do is take part in cigar passes from various cigar message boards. You get to try new cigars that you might not have been able to purchase in your part of the world. That is sort of how today’s cigar finds me. I missed out on getting a Casa Fuente as the person before me took it. Soo Jitzy a user on the message boards and I worked out a 5 for 5 trade of various cigars with the Fuente being the focal point. Then to top it off, the cigar was from 2005.
Casa Fuente is supposed to be only available at Case Fuente as it is the house blend. The shop is located at Caesars in Las Vegas and the cigar itself is supposed to rival the Opus X. However, if you look hard enough there are some sites on the internet that have them in stock.
The cigar blend is supposedly secret, but many people say the filler and binder is the same as the Opus X.
Cigar: Casa Fuente
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5.38 x 52 (Belicoso Fina)
Binder: Dominican Republic (Unconfirmed)
Filler: Dominican Republic (Unconfirmed)
Strength: Medium to Full
Appearance & Construction (19/20): This cigar might have to serve as my bench mark for all things belicoso. With the exception of a slight imperfection in the leaf that could have occurred in the aging process this cigar is perfect. It has a impressive weight to it, no soft spots, a gorgeous Cameroon wrapper , and one of the best formed belicoso caps that I have ever seen. I did however have to deduct one point, for said imperfection.
Flavor/Notes (30/30): The pre-light notes at the foot and the draw were a nice sweet molasses that was incredibly well defined. Upon lighting the cigar, there was some pepper notes that quickly faded and as I began the first third the notes of molasses (a nice sweetness), and nuts (perhaps nutmeg) enveloped my palate and I was in heaven smoking this cigar. The second third while the sweetness remained notes of nuts and wood (cedar) were the dominant notes. As the cigar closed all 3 notes were working together so well that I did not want to the cigar to end. It turned a day of sadness into a nice relaxing reflecting day.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): This cigar had a gorgeous white ash that held extremely tight. It offered no flake to it, and I was able to work on a nice long ash each time I started one. The draw was perfect and was yet another benchmark for me in terms of belicoso cigars. The burn line was so incredibly straight that people I with even commented on it and the oils on the cigar just above the burn line. This was perfection.
Overall: (23/25): I smoked this cigar on Satuday on what would of be my fathers birthday if he was still alive. In fact when I got the cigar from Jitzy back in August I knew I would fire it up on November 15th and it easily is the best cigar I have ever smoked. The drawback is the price and how hard it is to obtain, which forces me to drop 2 points in this section. Despite the price though, this is a smoke that should be tried at least once by any aficionado.
Price: Gift, but retails for $23.00 a stick